2013-02-08

Date: 
Friday, February 8, 2013

Articles in this issue

Change at the Pentagon

During his first term, President Barack Obama steered a middle course that displeased people on both extremes of the political spectrum. His health-care law...

Behind Enemy Lines

“Stay away from Catholic boys,” my father told me. I was about thirteen, sitting in the kitchen while he was making pancakes. We were Presbyterian, but the words...

Covenant Keeper

I have had the good fortune to know a number of fine fiction writers over the years, and to a man (or woman) they always prayed for the crucial literary award that...

The cost of health care

Medical WasteIn his column “Better, Cheaper, Easier” (December 21, 2012), Charles Morris extols the wonders of the U.S. health-care system. He is overly optimistic...

The Greatest

Some years ago, I fell into a spirited argument about the greatest English-language novelist and novel. I declared for Charles Dickens and David Copperfield....

Wedged Apart

In 2008, Barack Obama won the largest share of the electorate of any Democratic presidential candidate since Lyndon Johnson in 1964. Democrats added seats in the...

Assumption (Dalí, 1956)

Her canopy conceals from me the clouds over Port Lligat.One by one the desert’s drawers are openedand rifled through, releasing her remains in zeroesor in vowels...

Semi-Abstract Portrait Of Student Driver

Head down but seeming to bob, an eyeon either side of the road, is the gazeand the profile of the student driver,scrutinizing the green turn-signal arrow. ...

Orthodoxy & Dissent

St. Pius X, in his encyclical Vehementer (1902), wrote: “By its very nature the church is a society of unequals; it is composed of two categories of persons: the...

Jersey Boy

Months after the Republican Party’s electoral flameout, analysts are still sifting for embers amid the ashes. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, despite his act of...

Hidden in Plain Sight

We didn’t cross the border; the border crossed us!” This wry Mexican-American refrain serves as a reminder that the Hispanic presence in what is now the United...

Our Hazlitt?

James Wood, a staff writer for the New Yorker and the author of the new essay collection The Fun Stuff, is as close to a rock star as a literary critic can get. He...